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- Of What Once Was by Machinist
8/10 Phil Staff review, 30 June 2011
I saw The Machinist a while back. That's a dark film but an entertaining one nonetheless. This is nowt to do with the film though as it's just a guy who calls himself The Machinist. In case you've not heard of him then I'll fill you in... He's a Dutch producer of sound art and drone and this is his fourth album. That's about as much as I know but there's more on the site about it and of course you can trawl the internet. You don't need me to do that for you. On this new CD you get two pieces of intense drone work which are based around the Monotone Symphony (from 1949 by Yves Klein) where a chamber orchestra played the same note for 20 minutes. Fun times! This is more interesting though as it's made with electric guitar tuned to 'D' and it's intense stuff. Light guitar picks over hums and drones which build up into quite a stunning piece of music. It's very layered and as the piece goes on there's so much going on in the background it holds your attention throughout the whole thing. Something which you rarely get with the plethora of drone music these days. It's very full sounding and once you're about 40 minutes in the sound becomes dark and desolate. The light touches are there but they're buried beneath a layer of dark fuzz and drone. I spend a lot of time listening to music like this these days and I have to say this is done rather well indeed.
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